Smallest tube amp for practice/bedroom?

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  1. ronin32

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    What would be a good, small tube amp for pratice/bedroom use. Currently I have a Fender Frontman II 25R, (I might get a new speaker for this,) 75% of the time the volume dosnt go past 2. The amp really fits my needs but I like the sounds that come from a tube amp.

    My current pedels are Boss TU2, Blues Driver (BD2?) and DS1 Distortion (the orange one). My guitar is in my sig which will hopefully be upgraded soon with new pickups and eventually I'll buy a new Strat. I typically play stuff like Foo Fighters, Nirvana, Social Distortion, Ben Harper and Sublime.

    One more need-Headphone jack.

    Please suggest away. Thanks.
     
  2. Reeek

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    Find a used vintage amp running a single 50C5 (3-4 watts) with an isolation tranny or a single EL84 amp (4-6 watts) from yesteryear. You can snag them for under $200 easily and then crank it for nice saturated tube tone without coming close to what the Frontman puts out. I have a couple I'm willing to let go for cheap with new tubes and speakers. PM me if you wish.
     
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    The smallest tube amp I can think of is the Z-Vex Nano 1/2 watt.
    www.zvexamps.com
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    something cheaper is the lovepedal 1/2 watt.
    http://www.lovepedal.com/lovesquarebass.htm
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    For bedroom use, a 1/2 watt amp really is plenty of volume.

    I've got the Lovepedal Classic Vintage model. I use an Aphex guitar Xciter pedal to increase the low end.
     
  4. punkin

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    You could go Zvex...nothin' wrong with it but for a lot more flexibility and tube swap options with a built in hot plate, check out the THD Univalve!
     
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    I own a UniValve and enjoy it thru a 1x12 Celestion Blue, however I suggest you look for a Fender Vibro Champ. I have a BF '67 but you can find SF versions which are no different except cheaper.

    Play it and watch it go up in value over the years, just get it checked out first.

    Best, Pete.
     
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    +1 on that too. I have a 1974 VC but I'm keeping that one. It's a 9.9 out of 10 :D
     
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    Emery Micro Baby!!!

    Yeah Baby:p
     
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    Best regards,

    Brian
     
  11. Sid

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    Hmm I am considering the same option,how about gigs??
    Can I take an output from the zvex nanohead or the lovepedal 1/2 watt into a cabinet???:eek:
     
  12. 98FlySupreme

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    Keep in mind that even a 1 watt amp at full volume will be really loud. Most 12" guitar speakers have an SPL in the 95 to 100 range, meaning that 1 watt of power will produce 95db to 100db of volume from 1 meter away. This isn't "quiet" since prolonged exposure to these levels can cause permanent hearing damage.

    If you're really looking for a practice amp, then I think any of the recommendations will serve you well, but bedroom volume is another question. In my experience, you have to be a lot softer in a "bedroom" as opposed to just general practice. While I don't consider amps at 1 or 2 watts to be insanely loud, they certainly won't enthuse anyone living with you or around you.

    Have you considered the possibility of low wattage combined with some modest attenuation?
     
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    The Nanohead will drive a 2x12 (maybe even a 4x12). The tone is very good for low volume stuff but it won't get loud.
     
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    Yep....That's the way I'd go.... :AOK
     
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    Abstract:you mean it wont get loud on its own right...or even with the cabinet(huh?)...damn i shld really educate myself on all this.:JAM ...any recommended site readings?:p

    98fly:umm..any egs. of what u suggested??:D
     
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    Also, they have the 3350LT, which goes from 1/4 watt up to 33 watts I believe.
     
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    Those of you who haven't heard a Bumbox Lead 1 are missing out big time!

    Srini
     
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    My current Fav. is my New CaRR Rambler. GREAT for pedals! Half power switch. I'm glad as heck I took the leap of faith and bought it. :BEER
     

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